Proposals to appoint FCC Environment (UK) Ltd as the preferred bidder for an eight-year waste contract in Cheshire are set to be formally endorsed by Cheshire West and Chester Council, according to a report.
The report was submitted to the council’s executive ahead of a meeting, recommending that FCC be chosen ahead of Viridor Waste Management.
If the executive agrees to appoint FCC, the contract would start in April 2014. From then on, residual waste would continue to be sent to the current landfill sites for the first part of the year, whilst a new local delivery point is constructed in Ellesmere Port.
Councillor Lynn Riley – “Sending waste to landfill generates significant greenhouse gas and diverting our waste to create energy will see a massive carbon emission reduction equivalent to around 13,600 tonnes of CO2 per year compared to current arrangements”
Cheshire West’s non-recyclable waste would then be sent to an energy from waste facility that is already under construction in Ferrybridge, and used to generate energy.
Commenting on the deal, councillor Lynn Riley, executive member for localities, said: “Cheshire West and Chester council has continued to invest in waste reduction, reuse and recycling – seeing the amount of non-recyclable waste it sends to landfill steadily decrease from 95,500 tonnes in 2009/10 to 67,200 tonnes in 2012/13.
“Sending waste to landfill generates significant greenhouse gas and diverting our waste to create energy will see a massive carbon emission reduction equivalent to around 13,600 tonnes of CO2 per year compared to current arrangements.
“Under the new contract we as an authority only pay for the waste we deliver, we would not have to provide a minimum annual tonnage. This continues to incentivise us all to continue to reduce, reuse and recycle waste.”
The new enclosed delivery point at Ellesmere Port will handle all the Authority’s non-recyclable waste – shredding it to produce a refuse-derived fuel once metals will be removed for recycling.
This will then be transported to the energy-from-waste plant. By using spare capacity in an energy-from-waste facility already under construction, the Authority will not require further new facilities to be built locally.
Members of the council’s executive are to be asked to formally endorse the recommendation at a meeting on 6 November.